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ARE 5.0

Will NCARB-approved materials improve my chances to pass the ARE?

While NCARB-approved materials are verified to appropriately cover the key elements of the division, passing the ARE typically requires a combination of education, experience, and studying. Therefore, NCARB does not guarantee that the use of approved materials will result in a passing score.

Will my passed ARE 4.0 divisions transfer to ARE 5.0?

The ARE 5.0 Credit Model shows how passed ARE 4.0 divisions will transfer to 5.0. You can also use our Transition Calculator, available in My NCARB, to see the 5.0 credits you will receive if you've passed 4.0 division(s) and plan to transfer to 5.0.

Why doesn’t NCARB provide more feedback on score reports?

On a failing score report, you will find descriptive feedback about your level of performance on each section of the division. Descriptive feedback is not provided on passing score reports as the exam is designed to assess your ability to practice architecture—not to be used as a “teaching tool.”

Why does NCARB offer two versions of the exam?

NCARB will offer two versions of the exam, ARE 4.0 and ARE 5.0, until 4.0 retires on June 30, 2018. This overlap provides candidates plenty of time to complete the exam in 4.0, 5.0, or a combination of the two.

Why do I have to sign a “Candidate Agreement?”

To ensure the exam’s integrity, you will be required to accept the Candidate Agreement before each division. Any inappropriate access to or disclosure of ARE content may result in severe disciplinary action, including the suspension of testing privileges and/or the cancellation of scores. Learn more about the Candidate Agreement.

Who develops the ARE?

The ARE is developed by NCARB with the help of hundreds of licensed volunteers from across the country. Throughout the year, these volunteers write new questions and review current questions to ensure they meet quality standards.

Where can I take the ARE?

Regardless of where you are seeking registration, you can take the ARE at most Prometric test centers. The exam is offered at Prometric test centers throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as London, Hong Kong, and Abu Dhabi.

Where can I find the latest information about the ARE?

Stay up-to-date on the latest ARE news by subscribing to our free e-newsletters, ARE Update and Destination Architect.

Where can I find ARE 5.0 study materials?

NCARB’s ARE 5.0 Handbook includes a breakdown of each division, sample questions, suggested study resources, and more. You can also find real-time advice from NCARB’s experts on the ARE 5.0 Community, as well as exclusive prep videos on our YouTube channel.

When will I receive my score report?

Results for all divisions are typically processed within two weeks of your test date. You’ll receive an email notification once your score has been processed and is available to view in your NCARB Record. Learn more about receiving your score.